Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Modric scored once in Croatia's 3-0 victory. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Modric vs Eriksen rivalry goes from Tottenham to World Cup

June 27, 2018 - 1:30 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — It's a compelling chance to compare two of the best No. 10s at the World Cup.

A Croatia vs. Denmark clash in the round of 16 on Sunday is another showcase of Luka Modric vs. Christian Eriksen in their playmaker roles.

Their friendly rivalry has roots in London where both are beloved as the past and present of Tottenham's midfield — Modric for four years until 2012, then Eriksen for five years since 2013.

Eriksen says "Playing against Luka Modric is always special because he's an exceptional player and also still I would say a living legend from Spurs."

It was special for Eriksen when they last played against each other, in the Champions League.

In November, Denmark's star scored the third goal at Wembley in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in a group-stage game. Two weeks earlier, Eriksen and Modric both played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw in Madrid.


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